A lovely autumnal cake from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, not one for everyday, as it's pretty rich, but a dark, delicious treat for now and again.
It's from the October section of The River Cottage Diary 2010 and it's the Chocolate, Prune and Brandy Cake: soft prunes soaked in brandy folded into a wonderfully chocolatey mixture. It looks indulgent and it is (so two of us shared that piece!).
The diary's recipe pages are conveniently perforated so you can pull them out and keep them for future reference, and this one will most certainly be used again, but lest you think they are all for high days and holidays, January begins with the delicious-sounding but restrained (ascetic, even) Kale with Soy, Chilli and Garlic, and I've just spotted a homely Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding for keeping out the February chill.